Tools to Help Advocate For Yourself
Health is Wealth
You have heard the term before: health is wealth. Taking care of your health is one of the most important values you can give yourself. It is an investment that pays off more than any other, long-term. Many people, of all ages, depend on their healthcare provider to make all the decisions for them. Yes, healthcare providers are key for your team. That is what we call it… a team because it is a team. It clearly takes a village, a team, when it comes to managing your health. No one person is more responsible other than YOU though. That is why it is important to advocate for yourself.
How do you advocate for yourself?
- Find the right provider.
- Ask questions.
- Take notes at your appointment. We provide the tools below to help.
- Ask someone to come with you to appointments for support- if you do not have anyone, visit this non-profit site for resources or contact your local social services to inquire about volunteers who help with patient advocacy assistance.
- If you are concerned, get a second opinion.
- Exercise, eat well, and be proactive outside of the healthcare provider’s office.
Forms to help advocate for yourself
Interviewing a Potential Healthcare Provider
Finding the right doctor/provider is a big step in advocating for your health. You want to make sure that he/she is the right fit for your healthcare team. We have put together this free downloadable form for you to use as a guide to interviewing potential healthcare providers.
Pre-healthcare Appointment Preparation Form
The key to a successful healthcare appointment is all in preparation. New appointments, especially, require a great deal of historical information. This form will help prepare you for your appointment. Use it as a guide and tool for success!
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Disclaimer- this information only represents our opinions. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consider your own individual situation. Please see terms and conditions for more information.